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Bleak House Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Jo's evidence deemed to be inadmissable?



2. Mr. Skimpole is ___________.



3. It becomes obvious to Jo that Lady Dedlock ___________.



4. What has become of the inheritance which is the issue of the Jarndyce lawsuit?



5. What des Mrs. Snagsby suspect about Jo?



Short Essay Questions

1. With all of his physical and mental deficiencies, why would Grandfather Smallweed make the trip to George's shooting gallery?



2. What makes Lady Dedlock's past such a dreaded secret? Why do they go to such lengths to hide it and why is it threatening to have it revealed by Tulkinghorn?



3. Dickens brings poverty and wealth together to create intrigue in the story's plot. What is young Jo's involvement in the plot and why is he important?



4. What is the point of Esther, Ada, and Richard spending a night at the Jellybys'? What does Dickens accomplish with this break in their journey toward Bleak House?



5. What foreshadows a relationship between Woodcourt and Esther in this chapter?



6. Discuss Krook's Rag and Bottle Shop? Is he a good businessman? Is there anything symbolic about the shop?



7. What is the reader's impression of detective Bucket? How does Dickens accomplish his portrayal of Bucket?



8. Describe Mrs. Jellyby's compassion for humanity. Is she a rational person?



9. Charity and philanthropy seem to be addressed frequently in the story. Mrs. Pardiggle and Mrs. Jellyby have something in common in their efforts to help others. What is it?



10. Mr. Turveydrop, the elder, is a most unusual person. What exactly is his mental condition? Is he a healthy person? Is Dickens being facetious?



Essay Topics

Apparently, during Dickens' lifetime, women were still not considered equal to men. Using Bleak House as your basis of research, explore the status of women in the 1800s in England. What clues does this story provide (perhaps unintentionally) about how women were seen and treated?

The gap between the rich and poor seems extremely wide in Bleak House. Write an essay, using the story and its characters, that compares and contrasts the poorest with the wealthiest. Also, try to determine where Dickens' sympathy lay when he wrote Bleak House.

Write a well-researched essay on England's "work-houses" for the indigent. You should include how they came to be, what they offered, the conditions present, and whether anything like them exists today. If they were closed, when and why did this take place?

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